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Public servants reminded of March 31 deadline for statutory declarations

Published:Monday | March 13, 2017 | 11:13 AM

The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption has issued a reminder to the country's public servants that the final deadline for them to file their statutory declarations for 2016 is March 31.

The law makes it mandatory for certain public servants, including members of the public service and the Jamaica Defence Force, to file declarations of their assets, liabilities and income.

The public servants who fail to file statutory declarations could be hauled before the court and if convicted face a fine of up to $200,000 or two years' imprisonment.

In a report to Parliament last month, the commission said for 2015, over 90 per cent of the eligible staff at  the University of Technology and the Education Ministry did not file their returns. 

It said 93 delinquent public servants were reported to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for 2015.

Of this number, 47 were taken to court, resulting in the imposition of fines amounting to $845,000.